Monday evening, Commissioner Atchison’s meeting had several items on the agenda and heard from a myriad of people who requested approval for special projects.
As part of the consent agenda, the following occurred: the approval of Robert Campbell for City Attorney for 2022/2023, the approval of a monthly contract for Matt Rich to provide Indigent Advocacy Services to Municipal Court in the absence of Rex Lane, the passing of Resolution 3309 authorizing the Mayor to sign a special deed of warranty transferring the property at 1816 N. 2nd Street to Valley Hope Association, a authorized the acceptance of a permanent right-of-way easement forwarded to the Town of Atchison by the Earl Adam Revocable Living Trust regarding the Forest Park Avenue and Main Street project, authorized the acceptance of a permanent easement passed to the Town of Atchison by Evergy Kansas Central, Inc. regarding the Forest Park Avenue and Main Street project and authorized the Mayor to sign documents for the Atchison Emergency Solution Grant Application (ESG) 2022.
As part of new business, the commission authorized the expenses for the appeal and the cost of paying the balance due to Lathrop GPM for ongoing litigation related to the appeal by the Atchison County Sheriff.
Deputy city manager Joe Warren told the commission that the property at 927 Mound Street was demolished by the landlord.
City commissioners unanimously approved the 2021 financial year audit report at Monday’s meeting, after hearing Stacey Hammons of BT & Co. Certified Public Accountants give an unmodified opinion, which is best possible outcome.
The audit is conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in the United States, the standards contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States and the Kansas Municipal Audit and Accounting Guide.
It is the auditor’s responsibility to determine whether the city’s financial statements fairly represent the city’s financial condition and whether the city has appropriate policies and safeguards in place to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting of activities. from the city. “We are delighted that the auditors found that we were doing our due diligence with taxpayer funds,” said City Manager Amy Finch. “A clean audit only happens when you have the right processes and the right people to carry out those processes – and the people we have here do a great job.”
In another action on Monday, commissioners approved the demolition of 813 Unity Street, but extended the deadline to 90 days for the owner to bring the property up to code or return to the commission with a full plan to save the structure. Commissioners tabled the 2023 joint communications budget and 2023 county solid waste budget through the next meeting and approved an additional $58,985 for litigation related to the Atchison County Sheriff’s appeal of a lawsuit in which the city prevailed regarding the denial of inmates to the Atchison County Jail.